The New Macbook: The Perfect Everyday Laptop Mar12

The New Macbook: The Perfect Everyday Laptop

  The new Macbook is a beauty: lightweight, razor-thin, with a satin aluminum finish and an impressive retina display. Even better, the new Macbook will come in three different Colors: Silver, Space Gray and (drumroll, please!)…Gold.     Yes, gold. Which utterly destroys the simple harmony of the Macbook’s new design. But, for starters, this Macbook is not a computer that will blow your mind. Especially if you consider yourself a techie who always wants the best of the best. The new Macbook is all about your everyday, normal tasks. Want an ultra-thin machine with all the stuff necessary to do the average user’s tasks? Get this beautiful new laptop. But if you want to use image or video editors, game to your heart’s content, use data-intensive tools, give it a pass. When is this Macbook the right computer for you? If you only need a computer for surfing the internet, writing documents or watching movies. And it does those tasks perfectly.     So why is the new Macbook not as high performing as a Macbook Pro? Well, in order to make it so thin, Apple was obliged to using a fanless design, which meant using a processor that doesn’t need one. The solution? The Intel Core M. This processor doesn’t boast the performance of an Core i5 or i7, but it is a great processor that combines both mobility and performance. What are the drawbacks? Of course, by attempting to mix just enough performance with a fanless processor, what you get is a mixed processor that’s not the best in any category. It does it’s job, and admirably so, but we’re not talking the leader in processors here.     In summary, this processing balance combined with Apple’s fluid design make this $1299 laptop a very...

Expert Review: SoundMAGIC E10 Earphones Sep22

Expert Review: SoundMAGIC E10 Earphones

A few days ago, I lost my Urbeats earphones. One day I was energetically poppin’ out moves to my music, and the next…some awfully lucky guy in the metro was picking them up and bringing despair into my life. So I needed new ones. New earphones, that is. Preferably ones that cost less than $100, with a nice design and premium sound quality. Basically, I wanted new Urbeats but without the hefty price tag. Then I found the SoundMAGIC E10 earphones (or are they earbuds…?) The Design: My first impression was that they looked much more expensive than they actually cost. The actual earbuds are cased in metal, with a wire that is sturdy and tangle-free. Which, for those of us who like to abuse our earphones by stepping on, pulling and throwing them, is a great feature. Not only that, but for a low price, the design totally beats out the generic and plasticky look of your typical $20 earphones. I also appreciate that the manufacturer uses different colors in addition to R/L to differentiate between the right and left earbud. Inside the box, they ship with many different styles of rubber in-ear cups, to adjust the earbuds to anyone’s comfort level. And finally, they come with a neat case that is definitely handy for travel and storage. The Sound Quality No joke, but when I first put them on, I was amazed at the sound quality. Mind you, I’m no hard-core audiophile, but to me they sounded almost similar to some of the $100+ headphones that I previously used. Not quite as bassy as some, however the sound was very crisp and the noise isolation worked fantastically. These aren’t better in terms of pure sound quality than other high-end earbuds, but they...

Expert Review: Samson Go Mic Jan25

Expert Review: Samson Go Mic

Pretty much any laptop nowadays has an integrated microphone. So why in the world would you care to invest in another one, a USB mic? Well, first off, the sound quality is extremely different. Of course, you can have a normal Skype conversation without any fancy extras hanging off your laptop, and everyone will understand you. But if you want to sound crispier in your calls, start a podcast or create good-quality recordings of any type, a USB mic is a must-have. The main problem that confronts any person thinking of getting another mic is the huge array of not inexpensive and quite extravagant-looking microphones out there. One of the best is the Blue Microphones Yeti. It’s very cool and professional looking; it almost feels like you could podcast 24/7 with it. In fact, with a price of $99.99 on Amazon at the moment, you’ll probably feel like you should be podcasting away all day every day to get the most bang for your buck. And it’s well worth it if you want a really high-grade mic with amazing sound quality. However, let’s assume you’re not a audiophile and just want something in between the Yeti and the run-of-the-mill $10 USB mic. If that’s the case, you should definitely take a look at the Samson Go Mic.     The first thing that struck me was its style and size. It’s much smaller than the Yeti–roughly about a third of the size–but it still has that professional aluminum finish that stands out from the rest. It also folds down into its own base, which makes it really easy to store or travel with, since it is for those with portable needs. It also comes with a nice carrying case. The same base also clips pretty firmly to a laptop screen,...